Quotations on Grammar

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I demand that my books be judged with utmost severity, by knowledgeable people who know the rules of grammar and of logic, and who will seek beneath the footsteps of my commas the lice of my thought in the head of my style.
- Louis Aragon
(Keywords: Thought, People, Books, Footsteps, Grammar, Logic, Rules, Style, Will)

You see so many movies... the younger people who are coming from MTV or who are coming from commercials and there's no sense of film grammar. There's no real sense of how to tell a story visually. It's just cut, cut, cut, cut, cut, you know, which is pretty easy.
- Peter Bogdanovich
(Keywords: Movies, People, Film, Grammar, Pretty, Sense)

Grammar is a piano I play by ear. All I know about grammar is its power.
- Joan Didion
(Keywords: Power, Grammar, Play)

I was raised in Hollywood and knew, from as early as grammar school, classmates who were in the business.
- Mike Farrell
(Keywords: Business, Grammar, Hollywood, School)

It's like learning a language; you can't speak a language fluently until you find out who you are in that language, and that has as much to do with your body as it does with vocabulary and grammar.
- Fred Frith
(Keywords: Body, Grammar, Language, Learning, Vocabulary)

Let schoolmasters puzzle their brain, With grammar, and nonsense, and learning, Good liquor, I stoutly maintain, Gives genius a better discerning.
- Oliver Goldsmith
(Keywords: Genius, Grammar, Learning, Liquor, Nonsense)

I remember a moment when the Prince went back to his old school, Grammar School in Melbourne, and slightly to his horror his old music teacher produced a cello.
- Anthony Holden
(Keywords: Music, Grammar, Horror, Old, School)

I used to go with him and I'd sometimes play, take over from him. That was my first taste of the music business, I suppose, but I was also in the youth orchestra at Johnston Grammar.
- Trevor Horn
(Keywords: Music, Business, First, Grammar, Play, Taste, Youth)

This African American Vernacular English shares most of its grammar and vocabulary with other dialects of English. But it is distinct in many ways, and it is more different from standard English than any other dialect spoken in continental North America.
- William Labov
(Keywords: African, America, American, English, Grammar, Vocabulary)

Arguments over grammar and style are often as fierce as those over IBM versus Mac, and as fruitless as Coke versus Pepsi and boxers versus briefs.
- Jack Lynch
(Keywords: Arguments, Grammar, Style)

Then when I was in grammar school I played the clarinet, and then, after clarinet I played the flute in college orchestra - besides singing in the college chorus and things like that.
- Bobby McFerrin
(Keywords: College, Grammar, School, Singing)

Grammar, which knows how to control even kings.
- Moliere
(Keywords: Control, Grammar, Kings)

At age 11 in 1960, I moved to an academic state secondary school, Harrow County Grammar School for Boys.
- Paul Nurse
(Keywords: Age, Boys, Grammar, School, State)

I don't know the rules of grammar... If you're trying to persuade people to do something, or buy something, it seems to me you should use their language, the language they use every day, the language in which they think. We try to write in the vernacular.
- David Ogilvy
(Keywords: People, Day, Grammar, Language, Rules, Trying)

Statistics is the grammar of science.
- Karl Pearson
(Keywords: Science, Grammar, Statistics)

The first of these phases is that of grammar, invented by the Greeks and carried on unchanged by the French. It never had any philosophical view of a language as such.
- Ferdinand de Saussure
(Keywords: First, Grammar, Language)

Writing is an act of faith, not a trick of grammar.
- E. B. White
(Keywords: Faith, Act, Grammar, Writing)

Like everything metaphysical the harmony between thought and reality is to be found in the grammar of the language.
- Ludwig Wittgenstein
(Keywords: Thought, Grammar, Harmony, Language, Reality)









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